Posted on January 27, 2020

Christian McCaffrey Only White NFL Player in Top 100 Total Yards Seasons of All Time

Steve Sailer, Unz Review, January 26, 2020

As I mentioned last fall, running back Christian McCaffrey was in the hunt to be the first white to lead the NFL in rushing yardage (yards gained on the ground) since Jim Taylor in 1962.

McCaffrey wound up finishing 3rd in the NFL with 1387 yards, but he also caught 116 passes, good for 1005 additional yards. This was only the third time in NFL history that a player had 1000 yards rushing and receiving, along with Roger Craig of the 49ers in 1985 and Marshall Faulk of the Rams in 1999.

McCaffrey’s total yards from scrimmage (rushing plus receiving) of 2392 is the third highest in a single season in American pro football history, behind only Chris Johnson in 2006 and Faulk in 1999.

McCaffrey’s 2018 season with 1965 total yards was the 77th best ever, and I believe it’s the only other season in the top 100 all-time by a white player.

The next white player I could find on the Total Yards list was wide receiver Charley Henningan of the 1961 Houston Oilers of the AFL at 177th. The next white NFL player was Peyton Hillis of the 2010 Cleveland Browns at 233rd.

Famously, McCaffrey’s dad Ed was a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Denver Broncos and his maternal grandfather, Dr. Dave Sime, won the silver medal in the 1960 Olympics 100 meter dash.